These 'Thought-Provoking' Statues Have Just Popped Up In Valletta

The statues symbolise old Maltese sayings

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Seven statues symbolising seven Maltese sayings (qwiel) have been erected in Triton Square and Castle Square as part of the Valletta 2018 celebrations. The innovative statues include an outstretched hand holding a bird, a man with his head stuck in an onion, a pig swallowing a snake, and three cows standing on top of each other. 

The ‘Kif Jghid Il-Malti’ project is the work of Maltese artists Joel Saliba and Margaret Pace from Ikona Artworks, assisted by Sara-Lee Zammit, Chris Galea and Perry Scenic Ltd.   

Saliba said the statues are intended to be thought provoking and to encourage people to reflect on the Maltese language. They were launched this morning by Valletta 2018 chairperson Jason Micallef and parliamentary secretary for Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista. 

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